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GALA was organized to promote the arts as an essential component of a healthy community. We believe that artistic expression is a community's greatest legacy for future generations. GALA will increase awareness and appreciation of the arts by way of exhibits, instruction, theater productions, musical programs and provision of scholarships to students in local schools.

GALA, PO Box 1158, 377 Main St., Gardner, MA 01440 - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
November, 2012
In This Issue
Book Release: Poems & Photographs by Jean Stabell
Janet Tibert Oil Painting Solo Exhibit in Princeton
Call for Entries: Small Works Princeton Arts Society
"Celebrating Cats" Exhibit
Call for Entries: Small Works Post Road Art Center
Jaffrey Call for Entries
Paula Murphy & Lisa Regopoulos Win Awards in National Pastel Show
Lori MacDonald Wins Award at Princeton Art Exhibit
Joanne Holtje in "Tales from a Test Tube" Exhibit
Donna Rosetti-Bailey, Night Scenes Pastel Workshop
Mary Meyers Pottery Exhibit
Bolton Artists Guild Show
Artist Studio Space for Rent
More Shows, Classes, Etc
GALA Featured Artist
JoAnn Pellecchia
Don't miss her wonderful work on the GALA website!

Welcome New Members!

Kimberly Beckham
Paula Botch
Andrea Driscoll
Erin Gibbs
Pat Higgins
Angela Kearney
Cheryl O'Brien
James O'Rourke
Michael Rogan
Kassia Smith
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GALA  Board of  Directors

Kevin Bird, Chairperson
Jeff Gallant, Treasurer
Vicki Heidorn, Secretary
Guy Biechele
Ashley Bird
Mark Fisher
Nowell Francis
Luis Gonzalez
Chuck Heidorn
Mike Williams
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The GALA Fall Art Show with Live Music is almost here!

Nov. 16-18, 2012 at the Gardner Senior Center

294 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA (wheelchair accessible)
Admission is free, but donations are welcome


Opening Reception Fri., 6-9:30 pm (Art Awards at 7 pm) 

Art Show hours: Fri. 6-9:30 pm; Sat. 11-6 pm; Sun. 12-4 pm 
Artwork Raffle drawing on Sunday at 2:15 pm with winners
and Popular Choice awards announced at 3:15 pm.
Musician Performance Schedule (for entire show)
New -- Artists' Demos on Saturday & Sunday!


Read about our three distinguished show judges


Please publicize the show:

- Invite your friends & family to attend the show.
- Post show info on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or website.
- Download 8x11 color poster for display & distribution.


Image Massachusetts Cultural Council Logo This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gardner Cultural Council,

a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 
New Book of Poems & Photographs by Jean Stabell
Image Jean Stabell-afterimage book afterimage
Introducing the new collection of
Poems and Photographs
by Jean Stabell
On Sale Now!
Surroundings Gallery, Gardner, MA
or Online
Janet Tibert Oil Painting Solo Exhibit in Princeton
Image Janet Tibert-Brass Pitcher Nautical The oil paintings of Janet Tibert of Leominster are currently on display
at the Princeton Town Hall and the
Princeton branch of the Barre Bank
through Dec. 31
. The exhibit is
sponsored by the
Princeton Arts Society.
More info   Visit Janet's website


  Image: Brass Pitcher Nautical

PAS Call for Entries: Small Works 2012
The Princeton Arts Society annual
Small Works Show and Holiday Sale
will be held Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2012
at the Princeton Center Building.
Drop-off: Sat. Nov. 24, 1-4 pm or Tue. Nov. 27, 9 am-12 pm
Email      Call for Entries
"Celebrating Cats" Juried Exhibit in Fitchburg
"Celebrating Cats" Juried Exhibit now to Nov. 4, 2012
at Rollstone Studios in Fitchburg, MA.
Call for Entries: Small Works Exhibit in Marlborough
Post Road Art Center "Small Works" Exhibit
Artist Drop-off: Nov. 22-29, 2012.
Opening Reception: Dec. 6, 5:30-8:00 pm.

Show comes down Dec. 27 unless sold for the holidays.
The judge for this show will be Bob Collins from
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Go to their website for the registration form & flyer.
Call for Entries: Jaffrey Civic Center Fall Exhibit
  Jaffrey Civic Center
2012 Autumn Area Art Exhibit
Art drop-off: Nov. 6 - Nov. 10, 2012
Show: Nov. 16 - Dec. 22, 2012   Call for Entries
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Lisa Regopoulos & Paula Murphy Win Awards in National Pastel Show
Image Paula Murphy-Blown Away Image Lisa Regopoulos-Salem Street North EndCongratulations to
Paula Murphy & Lisa Regopoulos!
  Paula's "Blown Away" (left)
  won the Uart/Dakota Award
                     Lisa's "Salem Street, North End" (right)
                     won the Jack Richeson Award
at the Pastel Society of New Hampshire
national juried show "It's Pastel"
Lisa Regopoulos Website
Lori MacDonald Wins Award at Princeton Hey Day Art Exhibit
Image Lori MacDonald-Into the Meadow Congratulations to Lori MacDonald!
Lori's "Into the Meadow" acrylic painting won Honorable Mention in the judged portion of the highly successful
Princeton Hey Day Art Exhibit
held on Oct. 6.
Other GALA artists also participated in this exhibit.
The weather was perfect and over 1,000 people attended the event
and a record $4,500 of artwork sold!
Lori MacDonald website.
Joanne Holtje's Artwork in the Exhibit "Tales from a Test Tube"
Image Joanne Holtje-With-draw (detail)         The artwork of Joanne Holtje will appear along with works
by Andrew Duncan, Lionel Reinford, and Emily Sandagata
in the show "Tales From a Test Tube" at the
Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry
100 Research Dr., Wilmington, MA.  Curated by Jerry Beck,
this exhibit explores conversions between art and science.
Exhibit will be on view until Jan. 11 by appointment only.
Contact Jerry Beck at 978-590-3759.   More info
Image: With-draw, detail by Joanne Holtje          Visit Joanne's blog and website
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Night Scenes Pastel Workshop with Donna Rosetti-Bailey
Monadnock Area Artists Association presents the workshop "Night Scenes in Pastel"
with Donna Rosetti-Bailey on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 10 am - 4 pm
Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH
Observation of night-time scenes is really critical to the success of a nocturne painting. Try to become aware of the values as you look at various night time situations. You will notice that most times, the sky is NOT the darkest area! The registration fee for this workshop is $60 for members and $85 for non-members. See the registration form for details & materials list. Registration form
Mary Meyers Pottery Exhibit in Jaffrey 

Image Mary Meyers Ribbed Pear Jars   

The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to host
an exhibit of functional pottery by Mary Meyers
in the first floor Display Cases from now through November 15.

For more info


Image: Ribbed Pear Jars 

Bolton Artists Guild Group Show
Collins Artworks Art on Rotation Gallery presents
the Bolton Artisans Guild Group Show now through Nov. 2012.   More info
Artist Studio Space Available for Rent
Blueskies Studios at 3 Broad Street, Suite B307, Hudson, MA
has 4 art studio spaces available for rent! Sunny and affordable, elevator access and parking.
At Blueskies Studios "a natural synergy of inspiration and encouragement develops when artists surround themselves with other artists." Blueskies Studios is a non-profit open studio in the beautifully renovated Hudson Mill Building in Hudson. The open space is subdivided - painters, textile artists and photographers presently occupy the studio. Their main purpose is to create a positive atmosphere for area artists at an affordable rate.
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More Shows, Classes, Etc.
Fitchburg Art Museum
Every First Thursday of the month, museum admission is free from 4 to 8 pm
and tours and other activities are offered. Call 978-345-4207 for more information.
Arts Alliance
See their schedule for upcoming exhibit opportunities. Registration form (all exhibits).


Hudson Town Hall

Photography exhibit by David W. Phoenix now until mid-December. More info
Upcoming artist:   December 2012 - March 2013: Leigh Grundy, Photographer

64 MILES: The Ashuelot River Art Exhibit & Sale, July through Sept. of 2013
at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Go to the 64 Miles Facebook page for
a registration form and a map marking off dams and points of interest or contact
the coordinator of the event, Alicia Drakiotes at
Guy Biechele's photography is featured in the Winter 2012 issue
of the magazine "Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors".
The feature, "The Maine I Love" is in both the print version & and on their website at

GALA Musicians
The Jazz Depot: see for upcoming shows.
Patty Keough: see for upcoming shows
Websites of Interest to Artists
 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and check out the MCC blog ArtSake.
 The Painter's Keys where you can subscribe to twice weekly letters from artist Robert Genn.

Visit the Arts Marketing Project website for info, ideas, tools and training on marketing art.
Princeton Arts Society Blog
Art Exhibit Opportunities
Greater Gardner CDC: contact Vicki Heidorn at or 978-630-2340
Heywood Hospital Wound Care Center: contact Vicki Heidorn (see above)
The Townsend Meeting Hall Art Gallery: contact Alice Struthers at or
Workers' Credit Union offers members of the credit union the opportunity to display work at the bank at 171 Main St., Gardner, MA. For more info: 978-345-1021.
SubmissionsNewsletter Submissions
Have news about awards, shows, events, classes, or new gallery representation?
Have an article you would like to submit?
Please send it "publication ready", as we need to minimize the need for editing.
Send submissions including your contact info
to Anna Ruuska at or the GALA mailing address.
Submission deadline is the 21st of each month.
Inclusion of items/announcements is always at the discretion of GALA,
but inclusion of submissions from non-members is limited to
information deemed to be of benefit to GALA members.
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GALA Receives 2011 Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star Award!
Image GALA Email Marketing All Star Award Logo
For the third year in a row, GALA has been named an All Star by Constant Contact for demonstrating best practices in the use of email marketing.
Award winners were selected from over 500,000 organizations in recognition for setting the standard of being a responsible, engaged, professional, and successful online marketer.